M. D. Anderson's Children's Art Project Offers Gifts from the Heart
M. D. Anderson News Release 01/16/01
Young patients at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center offer gifts straight from their hearts with the new Valentine collection produced by the center’s Children’s Art Project.
From silk to silver, cotton to canvas, you can drape your sweetheart in Valentines from the Children’s Art Project. The new Valentine collection features designs from talented young patients at M. D. Anderson and includes a brightly colored 34" x 34" silk scarf covered with hearts and flowers ($44), a black canvas tote bag decorated with a charming heart-shaped wreath of flowers ($20) and a black T-shirt with the same design ($18).
Valentines can also wear their hearts on their sleeves - or in their ears, on their wrists or around their necks - with the new sterling silver hearts offered in the "Gift Heart" design as a pin/pendant ($60), pierced earrings ($34) or a charm ($16). Old pin/pendant favorites, "Sarah’s Angel" ($48) and "Beth’s Angel" (sale priced at $36), are still available - and both angels hold hearts in their hands.
The five new Valentine cards featured in the collection come full of hearts and flowers but with no sentiments inside. Instead, the cards are left blank with plenty of room for senders to add their own love notes. The absence of messages gives the cards versatility for use year round as thank you cards, thinking-of-you cards and many other expressions. The cards are packaged in 10s with 11 coordinating envelopes for $8 a set.
In addition to the traditional full-sized cards, the popular mini-Valentines introduced to the collection last year are back with eight new designs. The adorable minis are just right to send to school or neighborhood friends or for a gift enclosure for a sweetheart’s gift. These small versioned Valentines come in a package of 32 and fold and self-close with a heart-shaped tab. Bears, bunnies, bees, butterflies and balloons - plus a frog and a dragon - send sweet nothings on these cards. The package, which includes four of each design, is priced at just $4.
And, if you prefer a selection of cards, the Valentine assortment comes with a variety of designs. The cards in the assortment come with messages and each package includes 12 cards and 13 envelopes and is priced at $10.
"You’ll win some hearts with gifts from this Children’s Art Project Valentine Collection," says project director Shannan Murray. "We hope every Valentine shopper will remember that these are truly gifts from the heart because they’re the kind that keep on giving. Proceeds from sales of our products return to fund patient-focused programs that work to help make life better for children with cancer. To date, the Children’s Art Project has allocated more than $12.7 million to patient programs at M. D. Anderson."
Programs funded by the Children’s Art Project include summer camps, winter ski trips for young amputee patients, a child life program, a hospital classroom, educational field trips and college scholarships to current and former patients.
Shop for your sweetheart at a special Children’s Art Project Valentine sale in the lobby of HMB on Friday, February 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, the Valentines are available at area grocery stores (cards only), at all four M. D. Anderson gift shops, in Children’s Art Project headquarters (HMB 1.200), at the Uptown Park shopping center Children’s Art Project Boutique, on-line at www.childrensart.org or by calling 713-792-6266 to place an order or receive a free catalogue.